3rd Annual “Meet Me in Paris” Fashion Show Sept. 15

The Mission at Kern County has been doing remarkable work in helping to transform the despair of homelessness or addiction into a path to redemption. The Mission provides shelter, meals and counseling, but it also brings the power of faith into the daily life of those seeking a new path. This year, proceeds from the fashion show will go directly to the new Jamieson Women’s & Children’s Residential Recovery Home. The Women’s Guild of The Mission at Kern County has a $25,000 fundraising goal that will help cover additional operating expenses including school clothes and supplies for the children. The fashion show will feature models from The Mission’s Women’s Program wearing clothing from Encore Boutique. Enjoy live music, a silent auction and hors d’oeuvres. For more information and to buy tickets, visit Eventbrite.com.

Rosemary’s Family Creamery Offers Homemade Ice Cream

It’s a perfect stop for warm September days! Rosemary’s Family Creamery is a local gem in the middle of Bakersfield that has quietly developed a loyal fanbase. This third-generation, family-owned business opened in 1984 and makes all its own ice cream, hot fudge, brownies, whipped cream, caramel sauce and more. We are not kidding when we say you will leave your taste buds satisfied. Ask for the specials that were created by the owners and staff; these are the creme de la creme of sweet treats! Rosemary’s Family Creamery was established in Bakersfield by Frank and Rosemary DeMarco. The family tradition is carried on by their daughters Roseanne and Katie and their grandson, Patrick. They proudly serve their own ice cream which is made onsite. 

2733 F St., Bakersfield, California, 661.395.0555, RosemarysFamilyCreamery.com

Bakersfield and Kern County: The Most Affordable Urban Area in California

Bakersfield and surrounding Kern County’s cost of living for the first quarter in the 2018 Cost of Living Index was 100.8, making it the least expensive urban area in the state of California! Approximately 267 urban areas across the U.S. participated in the latest COLI report. The study measures regional differences in the cost of consumer goods and services, excluding taxes and non-consumer expenditures, for professional and managerial households in the top income quintile. It is based on more than 90,000 prices covering 60 different items for which prices are collected quarterly by chambers of commerce, economic development organizations and university applied economic centers in each participating urban area.

Population Growth Remains High in Bakersfield and Surrounding Kern County

Population growth remains high in Kern County, bolstered by a young population, growing job opportunities and affordable home prices. According to the California Economic Forecast report, Kern will continue to attract new residents over the forecast horizon and the growth of population will modestly accelerate. By 2018, the total population will reach 943,800. And over the 2013-2018 period, Kern County will gain more than 76,800 new residents, an annual average increase of 2 percent. The official Bakersfield population is 379,110 (within city limits). Kern County population tops 886,507.